Friday, 11 May 2012
TODAY'S GUEST BLOGGER IS....
Happy Friday everyone! And let me start by thanking Jill for letting me be her Friday guest blogger today – it’s a pleasure to be here, and I’m very excited about it!
Of course, I have no clue what to write about and can’t think of a deep and meaningful topic for us all to discuss (probably just as well), so I think I’ll chat to you all about me and Tickled Pink Crafts (www.tickledpinkcrafts.co.uk), in the hope that some of you will find it interesting.
I am Ann, one half of Tickled Pink Crafts. I’m the needle-felting blogger, although I do other crafty stuff too (tatting, papercrafts, sewing). Originally from Leeds, I went to Bristol University where I studied German, obtaining a BA (Hons) and then an MLitt (Master of Letters). In spite of saying I never would, I spent my working life in sales, selling specialised paper and then specialised materials into the composite industry (think Formula 1 cars, aeroplanes, boats). I married my lovely husband in 2006, had my gorgeous daughter in 2007 and was in the fortunate position to be able to give up work to look after her. I live in the beautiful Golden Valley area of Herefordshire on top of a hill with a wonderful view and lots of peace and quiet (if you exclude the family, 3 dogs, 7 hens, parrot and 4 fish!)!
As lovely as it is to be a stay at home Mum there comes a time when you want to do something for yourself and reclaim your identity as you rather than just being Mummy, and here’s where Tickled Pink Crafts came to the rescue.
My lovely friend Amanda, now residing in London, made some beautiful utee pieces which inspired me to turn them into jewellery like this
And that is how Tickled Pink Crafts was born! Neither of us want to go back to work for somebody else, we both love crafting and so we are trying to (and going to) make this work! We still have the jewellery, although we have moved on to other things. Amanda has always been an avid card maker, and creates the most wonderful cards, notebooks and paper items.
She also knits and crochets as well as finding the time to run our website (www.tickledpinkcrafts.co.uk) (you can have a look but she is re-jigging it at the moment so it’s not that interesting!)!
About 18 months ago I discovered needle-felting and, whilst nowhere near as good as Penny (www.planetpenny.co.uk) and the amazing Gretel Parker (www.allaroundus.blogspot.com), am really pleased with how my skills are developing.
I have recently started felting onto polystyrene shapes which keeps my fibre usage down but is also enabling me to develop a “style” of my own.
Who knows where this “style” will lead? I do wonder how many things you can base on a sphere or oval!
Thank you for reading my waffle, and thank you again Jill. You can find Tickled Pink Crafts on Folksy (http://folksy.com/shops/T1ckledP1nk), Twitter (@T1ckledP1nk) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tickled-Pink-Crafts/140604072638445) and keep checking our website for the launch of the shiny new version.
Have a lovely weekend, and here’s hoping for some sunshine!